Schimpffs Confectionery on History Channels "Modern
Jill or Warren Schimpff, Owners
release: before October 15, 2006
info: Program airs 10/19/06. However it would be best
to check your local TV guides.
History Channel Spotlights Schimpffs Confectionery
manufacturing confectionery in Jeffersonville, Indiana)
Marvels", a widely watched program on the popular History
Channel, spent all day on December 15, 2005, filming at historic
Schimpffs Confectionery, a 114 year old family-owned
candy business, in downtown Jeffersonville, Indiana. Primarily
interested in focusing on the history of candy-making processes,
the crew caught owners Warren and Jill Schimpff using turn-of-the-century
equipment to make traditional candy the old-fashioned way.
rolled as the antique drop-roll machines, ribbon candy maker,
and the 20th Century Candy Cutter whirled and pressed.
Boiled in copper kettles on an 85-year-old stove and then
poured out onto a 114-year-old cooling table, the candy was
finally fashioned into red hots, red hot hearts, fish candy,
ribbon candy, and striped hard candy pillows. The century-old
equipment performed admirably. Also filmed were many items
from the Schimpff Candy Museum collection that highlight the
history of the candy industry.
hours of footage taken will be trimmed to only seven minutes
of coverage at Schimpffs, but those seven minutes are
rather extraordinary when considering that two of the other
businesses to share the spotlight are Hershey and Jelly Belly.
That a little mom and pop business in Southern Indiana keeps
such heady company is a "modern marvel" in itself!
is scheduled for airing on May 24. Check your local TV guide
or the History Channel website (www.historychannel.com/modernmarvels)
for more specific program information.
candy companies that are featured in the program are: